Space Harrier

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Run… fly… dodge those obstacles, but return fire on wave after wave of attacking aliens. Armed with a really big gun, you have to defend yourself against the alien hordes using your wits to navigate around the screen. But watch out for those end of level bosses!

Originating in the arcades, Space Harrier is a third-person rail shooter with pseudo-3D graphics, set in the same world as Fantasy Zone. The lone titular hero fights aliens with a fireball-launching cannon, which can also be used to transform the hero into a flying rocket. The protagonist is constantly in motion, but the speed of his movement can be regulated by the player.


Space Harrier NES Shooting the enemy
Space Harrier FM-7 Flying through the level
Space Harrier Game Gear Incoming!
Space Harrier Arcade Turning away from you.

Alternate Titles

  • "Sega Ages: Space Harrier" -- Japanese Saturn title
  • "スペースハリアー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

An OK conversion of yet another Sega classic. DOS Satoshi Kunsai (1810)
Faithful Arcade Translation. SEGA 32X gametrader (229)
Excellent arcade translation. SEGA Master System Ash_1 (55)
Perfect Translation of an Old Game SEGA 32X ETJB (447)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) TurboGrafx-16 1989 89 out of 100 89
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Apr, 1989 87 out of 100 87
GamePro (US) SEGA 32X Apr, 1995 4 out of 5 80
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) SEGA 32X Jul 30, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Hobby Consolas SEGA 32X Feb, 1995 69 out of 100 69
Video Games Game Gear Jun, 1992 63 out of 100 63
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Sep, 1988 6 out of 10 60
IGN SEGA Master System Nov 03, 2008 4.5 out of 10 45
Svenska Hemdatornytt Amiga Apr, 1990 40 out of 100 40
Game Freaks 365 SEGA Master System Jun 22, 2005 1.3 out of 10 13


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Space Harrier appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Missing ports

Space Harrier was advertised for the Commodore 16/Plus 4 computer, and the (multi-platform) manual also had loading instructions for BBC and Electron computers. For reasons unknown, those ports never did appear.


Space Harrier originally mentioned that it took place in the Fantasy Zone just as the game of the same name, (remember the "Welcome to the Fantasy Zone! Get Ready!" intro?) and many have claimed that the games take place in the same universe considering the similarity in graphic design. While SEGA never made any official statement they did try to capitalize on the similarities with Space Fantasy Zone. An unreleased Fantasy Zone sequel for the PC Engine CD was developed that used the pseudo 3D gameplay of the Space Harrier series but used Opa-Opa and his gang of cute characters and levels.

It is unsure why the game never got released, but several beta copies have been leaked and you can easily find them around the net and run them with an emulator.

Super Scaler technology

First Sega game to come out that used "Super Scaler" technology.

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